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Wake up! Sleepless train passengers get even with snoring commuter

According to a chief ticket inspector who boarded the train, the passenger initially resisted the compromise but eventually agreed to the proposal.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2018 21:03 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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Snoring in trains is a common problem and all railway zones regularly get complaints from passengers about it.(HT File Photo)

A commuter on a long-distance train was “punished” by a group of fellow passengers for snoring loudly and disturbing their sleep.

The incident took place last week in a 3rd AC coach of LTT-Darbhanga Pawan Express when passengers found the snoring of a fellow traveller too loud and decided not to let him sleep for some so that they could.

The passenger was made to stay awake for about six hours by fellow travellers after a heated argument broke out due to the snoring.

Ganesh S Virha, chief ticket inspector of the Jabalpur division of the West Central Railway, confirmed the incident.

Virha, who boarded the train in Jabalpur, said the snoring passenger, identified as Ramchandra, did not feel offended by the “punishment” given to him and thus did not file any complaint.

“I got to know about the commotion when I took charge of the coach at Jabalpur at around 5 am (on Thursday last). The train was a bit late and when I entered the coach, passengers briefed me about the heated argument that took place during the night journey. Ramchandra said he was persuaded by fellow passengers not to sleep for some time,” Virha said.

Ramchandra initially resisted the idea but later agreed to their proposal, he added.

“I sought to know whether the passenger (Ramchandra) wanted to lodge a complaint with the GRP if he felt victimised or offended, but he replied in the negative.”

“In such cases, we take the help of the RPF or the GRP, but thankfully here the matter as sorted out amicably. When I revisited the coach later I found all passengers (involved in the matter) had become friends,” Virha said.

When contacted, a senior Central Railway official said snoring in trains is a common problem and all zones regularly get complaints from passengers about it.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 18:29 IST